I am knitting a shawl for my sister out of some of my fractal-spun yarn. This is the teal and rust yarn that I spun last summer, described in post One Fractal Down, on to the Next (This would be “the next”). As as side note, this yarn won first place in the “Plied Yarn” category in this year’s SC State Fair!!!
But the real secret to fractal yarn is how it comes out when you knit it. The way the colors progress is always a revelation, and beautiful.
When I started the Apples fractal project, I chose to make the yarn end up as a two-ply lace weight yarn. I have a lot of knitting patterns for lace weight yarn, and merino fiber is a really lovely fiber to work with. The sneaky lesson waiting for me was how much longer it takes to do lace weight as opposed to what I normally spin, which is fingering or sock weight two-ply. As you would expect, the thinner the yarn, the longer it takes to spin and ply. Combine that with a move and a thousand other things suddenly taking my attention, and what I could have accomplished in one month ended up taking more like four. Nevertheless, it’s finally done, and I’m very happy with the final yarn.
What’s next, you ask? Wellllllll…… I have another braid of the same merino, dyed in a different (and lovelier) colorway. I’m in the groove of spinning this particular fiber the way I want it, and that’s no small thing. So I decided to just keep on keeping on, and give a nod and a promise to all the OTHER lovely fiber that’s waiting for me.
I’m doing this one as a fractal project, too – the dye pattern is different from the first one and I’m interested to see how it comes out.